Recommended Linux distros

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Linux Distributions have existed since 1992.

This is a list of the current recommended Linux distros in their respective categories.

General use focused[edit]

These Linux distributions offer a complete Desktop experience with a large user base. guide to setup/download emulators
Name Architecture Latest Version Active Recommended
Ubuntu x86 23.04
Raspberry Pi OS ARM, x86 Download

Gaming focused[edit]

These Linux distributions target to be a complete gaming package. Emulators are not pre-installed on these systems but are easily installed.
You should probably use EmuDeck which is an installation script that helps you get started with emulation on SteamOS-based systems.
Name Architecture Frontend Latest Version Active Recommended
SteamOS 3 x86 Steam Big Picture N/A
ChimeraOS x86 Steam Big Picture 28

Emulation focused[edit]

These Linux distributions offer complete emulation packages for PCs, single board computers, consoles and other systems.
Name Architecture Frontend Latest Version Active Recommended
Batocera.linux ARM, x86 EmulationStation fork 38
Lakka ARM, x86 RetroArch 4.3
Recalbox ARM, x86 EmulationStation 9.1-Pulstar
RetroPie ARM EmulationStation fork 4.8

Android[edit]

AOSP
What does “AOSP Android” really mean?
Name Architecture Frontend Latest Version Active Recommended
LineageOS ARM Trebuchet 15.1 (Switch)
Raspberry Pi 3 builds
Raspberry Pi 4 builds
Raspberry Pi 5 builds
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See the Hardware features and Enhancements of sections of Android emulators for Android-x86 and it's forks.
Android on x86
Name Architecture Frontend Latest Version Active Recommended
BlissOS x86 Android-x86 fork
includes 3 launchers: Taskbar, Quickstep and Smart Dock.
16.9.x *
Berry OS x86 Based on Android-x86 and Bliss OS
Mini Desktop launcher is pre-installed.
2023-02-22
Android-x86 x86 Trebuchet (KitKat version) 2022-03-25 ~* ~

Wide range of platforms focused[edit]

These Linux distributions provide system development environment experiences on a wide range of platforms, including different hardware architectures.

Name Architecture Latest Version Active Recommended
T2 SDE Alpha
ARM
HPPA (incl. HPPA64)
IA64
MIPS
PowerPC (incl. PowerPC-64)
SPARC (incl. SPARC64)
SuperH
x86 (incl. x86-64)
and theoretically any GCC/Linux supported one.
8.0